Our activity guides are made for children of all abilities. That means that each activity guide can be tailored to your child’s unique needs, so you don’t have to worry about whether it will be right for them.
How can you help your child develop and grow while they’re at home? It can seem like a tricky task, but with a little bit of creativity, there are plenty of ways to keep your child active and engaged. Here are just a few ideas:
- Take a walk. Not only is it great exercise, but it gives you and your child the opportunity to spend time together. Choose a nearby park or trail where you can explore nature. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, plan a trip to somewhere new. Either way, this activity is sure to be fun for everyone.
- Do some crafts with things from around the house like paper plates, colored pencils, or cardboard boxes. You’ll find endless inspiration online for creative projects that will keep kids busy for hours on end.
- Invite friends over to play games together like hide-and-seek or charades. This is also an excellent way of introducing different types of activities into their routine–for instance, if they’ve never played any kind of video game before then try one out! It might become a new favorite pastime.
- Help them learn how to cook something new by following recipes found online or in books.
- A fun way to play with sand
- A fun way to play with water
- Sensory Play: Gather some common household items like flour, shaving cream, cornstarch, oats and water. You can also use toys or objects that have different textures like feathers or balls to play with. Let your child experience the feeling of the substances and objects on their hands and body. They will love exploring through sensory play.
- Arts & Crafts: You can get messy finger paints or make your own by mixing food coloring with shaving cream. Your child will love getting messy while making paintings! You can also try to make fun crafts! Pinterest has lots of fun ideas for crafts you can do at home for free. Some examples are toilet paper roll binoculars, cereal box cars, and tin foil beads; but feel free to get creative.
- Singing & Dancing: Music is a great way to entertain your child as well as a great way to teach them new things! Get out of your seats and dance around the house! Play music games such as Simon Says and Freeze Dance. Try singing songs that teach your child about things they may need in their daily life like putting on shoes, washing hands, etc.. This is a fun way to teach them important skills while having fun.
- Bowling: There are a couple of bowling alleys that have special equipment to help children who are physically challenged. It is a great way for them to feel like any other child, and there is no pressure on having to perform well.
- Make Music: If your child likes music, try using various instruments with them. If they are too small, you can play something and have them dance along. It is a great way to get their body moving while they enjoy the music too.
- Make a Sensory Bottle: This is a great activity for kids with sensory processing issues. It helps them to focus, and it keeps them engaged with the world around them. To make a sensory bottle, all you need is a clear plastic bottle (smaller ones are easier to hold), water, and some beads or glitter. Fill the bottle about halfway with water and add your decorative items. Secure the lid on the bottle and shake gently to distribute your decorations evenly throughout the water. If this is too difficult for your child to do, you can help him or her get started by putting in a few beads before handing over the bottle. There are also tons of things you can put into sensory bottles to make it even more exciting—you can try using different colored water (which makes it more colorful) or adding glitter “snow” for Wintertime.
- Build a fort: for our kids with sensory processing issues, textures and tactile elements are really important for focusing their minds and calming their bodies. This activity allows them to use their hands as well as their senses of sight and touch as they build something! Set up your fort space in an open room where there’s plenty of room for moving around, crawling through.